Springdale Library to support those affected by cancer

| Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The Springdale Library will offer support for people going through cancer treatment, survivors, caregivers and those who have lost a loved one to cancer.

A cancer-support group will meet on the second Wednesday of each month and is free. The inaugural meeting will be at 1 p.m. Oct. 9 at Springdale Library. Potential members are welcome to participate in a relaxed forum surrounded by others who have been affected by cancer.

The library's director of adult programs Dee Clark, who will host the monthly meetings, says “People will be able to share how cancer has touched their lives, and the group will offer a chance for discussion and comfort to those attending.”

Clark is a two-time breast-cancer survivor. First diagnosed in 2006, she fought her cancer and was in remission until January 2013.

“It has been seven months since my surgery and two months since my last treatment,” she says. “I had a lot of support from the other patients and their caregivers, and that uplifted my spirits immensely.

“My hope is to start this cancer-support group so that all members can help each other to feel better and more at ease. We can share information and do some research, and give each other encouragement to fight.

“I know how comforting it is to be able to talk to someone going through the same battle. You don't feel so alone, and no matter what type of cancer, it means a lot to talk to a person, be honest, be open and know they will understand.”

She plans to have guest speakers in the future.

Joyce Hanz is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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